Footpaths need work, says NRA

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Consultation on Nelson’s Long Term plan closes today and one of the hot issues for the Nelson Residents Association is the state of the city’s footpaths.

The 12 page submission made by the association highlights several issues it has with the proposal, which plans for the city’s growth over the next ten years.

One was the state of the footpaths throughout the region. “Council’s aims to provide an accessible, safe and well-maintained network of footpaths tend to ring hollowly to many of the elderly, who have had to tolerate many years of zero maintenance on the sidewalks which they are obliged to use.

”It’s not the first time the state of foot-paths has been highlighted to Nelson City Council and it isn’t just in the city either. The submission by the residents’ association says the suburbs are just as bad. [Tahunanui] residents have not seen any maintenance crews upgrading the State Highway’s footpaths for the last forty years. The Brook and other suburbs have also suffered from neglect of regular maintenance of whatever footpaths they may have.”

Submissions for the long term plan close at midday on Tuesday, April 28.